You may be wondering what is different between all these "identical" Ascaso espresso grinders. The I-2 Series from Ascaso is defined by its hardened steel conical burrs. Conical burrs have more surface area in which to cut up the coffee beans and produce a grind that is perfectly suited for espresso. The I-2's stepless grind control sweetens the deal and gives you the highest level of precision achievable on an espresso grinder. And shots pulled from coffee ground on the Ascaso I-2 will absolutely dazzle your taste buds. Ascaso's low-speed motor technology will keep your beans from getting burnt in the process, and the I-2D's convenient dosing hopper measures out a perfect shot's worth of powder per pull on the lever. Choose from black or polished aluminum to suit your taste or to match your Ascaso Dream.
We really cannot stress enough how much you will love the Ascaso I-2's precise Micrometric Regulation System (MRS). It takes a little extra time to dial in to the sweet spot for your espresso machine and achieve that elusive "God Shot," but it is time well spent. Stepless grind adjustment works by turning the knob on the right of the unit which turns a worm gear. If you were to picture this in your mind, try to imagine a screw placed right next to large brass gear. Each full turn of the screw moves the gear by a tiny amount. In contrast, many other grinders have between 40 or 50 "clicks" from coarse to fine resulting in frustration as many are forced to choose between a little too fine or a little too coarse. So say goodbye to overcompensating for your old grinder's deficiency by fussing with your dosing amounts or tamper pressure.
This Ascaso I-2 grinder also known as the I-2D is so named because it grinds into a dosing chamber rather than directly into your espresso maker's filter holder. The doser hopper holds about 4.5 ounces and has a set of spokes, or vanes, that separate enough ground coffee for one shot of espresso. You need not fill the entire hopper to brew your espresso; that would be wasteful you if need only a few shots. But the Ascaso I-2 gives you the flexibility to grind a lot for heavy use, or just enough to cover those vanes for your own personal shots.
Ascaso equipped the I-2D grinder with some serious heavy-duty conical burrs. These aren't your mom's burrs that you find in grinders priced at $150 and under. The I-2's burrs are harder and more defined, with a tooth pattern that is incredibly precise and intricate. The resulting grind quality from Ascaso I-2 is absolutely amazing and consistent. In addition, the Ascaso's burr set is simple to clean, making this often overlooked yet important task a breeze rather than a chore. To clean, just remove the coffee bean hopper and cover to expose the grinding chamber, which takes about 30 seconds. You can perform a thorough cleaning to remove built up coffee grounds around the lower burr and then reassemble the grinder - total time is about 2 minutes.
Ascaso built the I-2D grinder with a refreshingly large bean hopper. Holding a whopping 1.3 pounds of coffee beans, the I-2's hopper is twice the size of every other brand in its class. It will hold enough beans to brew 60 shots of espresso and is made of clear, shatter-resistant plastic.
The Ascaso I-2D Grinder comes standard with a one-year parts and labor warranty limited to manufacturer's defect or workmanship and is backed by J.L. Hufford's 30 Day Satisfaction Policy.
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